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March 29, 2011 12:25 am

The Hamas Gamble

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IDF targeted building in the Gaza Strip. Photo: Gloucester

For the aspiring Muslim mass-murderer, there’s no better place to carry out his “marvelous act of glorious martyrdom” (the description from the official television channel of the “moderate” Palestinian Authority) than the Central Bus Station in Jerusalem. In addition to the always-available pool of defenseless victims (that’s how true warriors of Jihad like it), the headquarters of most of the international news media representatives are located just a few blocks away. Add to that the fact that the only fatality from the blast was an elderly British woman, and chances are you’ve probably heard and saw much more about the Jerusalem bombing than about dozens of rockets and mortars which were falling this week on the homes and fields of Israeli civilians whose misfortune is to live next door to the Iranian military base called the Gaza Strip.

Too bad; in many ways, the explosion in Jerusalem is a red herring. It was not the first pipe bomb in the capital – the previous one had gone off in a rubbish bin a few weeks ago and took off the hand of a municipal garbage collector. In a city where tens of thousands of free-ranging citizens are exposed every day to Islamist propaganda of hate, it’s impossible to prevent some of them from acting on their religious impulse to fight the Jews. This kind of terrorism, like the gruesome murders in Itamar, does not require elaborate infrastructure or outside assistance – just a relentless validation of the deed, a moral certainty that killing unarmed Jews is what a true Muslim and a Palestinian is supposed to do.

Not so the current “escalation” at the Israeli South. Here, the incessant barrage of rockets and mortar shells isn’t an expression of individual hatred – it is a strategic move on behalf of the Islamofascist gang that rules the Gaza Strip. By its own nature, Hamas is incapable of keeping the peace for long periods – after all, if it abstains from the active jihad against the Jews what legitimate basis does it have to keep the Gazans in their misery? In fact, Hamas’ “restraint” had prompted some splinter groups and armed clans to declare their intention to wage their own “holy war” against Israel. While clearly not suicidal, Hamas’ leadership would want to erase the deterrent established after the “Cast Lead” mini-war in 2008, and force Israel to acquiesce again to a steady stream of rocket attacks against its Southern cities limiting itself to a symbolic response. This way they can preserve their jihadist credentials with impunity.

In an international atmosphere where the conscious targeting of Jewish civilians is viewed as a legitimate tool of “national liberation”, Hamas has all the reasons to be optimistic about its chances of success. To begin with, for the first time in its history it has Egypt firmly in its corner. This week, the new Egyptian Foreign Minister had created an implicit linkage between Egypt’s adherence to the peace treaty with Israel and the resolution of non-existent “humanitarian crisis” in Gaza. Currently the only thing that prevents the new rulers of Egypt from throwing the border with Gaza wide open is their cynical desire to present Israel as an “occupying power” with humanitarian responsibilities, despite the fact that Israel has no control and no presence within the Strip. And, since the opening of the Rafah border crossing will give Gazans an opportunity to escape, but the weapons for jihad are coming in through the tunnels unobstructed anyway, Hamas is perfectly happy to wait. Considering that the prevention of smuggling is a clear-cut Egyptian commitment both according to UNSC resolution 1860 and the peace treaty with Israel, Egypt is making its choices clear already.

The other source of optimism for Hamas is the ever-growing alienation between Washington and Jerusalem. Just as the Obama administration was unable to formulate a clear demand for the new government in Egypt to commit itself to peace with Israel, it was strangely reluctant to quash the crazy talk about “restoring Palestinian unity” which would legitimize Hamas. Moreover, the administration, which has repeatedly verbally abused Israel for sins real and imagined, has been curiously reluctant to give offence at all to any Palestinian factions. They have cowardly attempted to ignore the naming of a square after the mass-murderer Dalal Mughrabi, and when the Israeli Navy intercepted yet another vessel loaded with Iranian weapons for Hamas, the State Department rebuked Iran, but had nothing to say about the Palestinian recipients of the deadly cargo, preferring instead to talk about unnamed “terrorist groups”. Smuggling weapons is a crime, but arguably less heinous than the deliberate targeting of peaceful civilians with those weapons. And yet the State Department spokesman never mentioned Hamas, as if the administration was determined to ignore the obvious connection, and give the Gaza gang of war criminals the benefit of the doubt.

Of course, now with United States fighting the civil war in Libya, the last thing the administration needs is a full-scale Israeli retaliation against Hamas. Witness the condolence call Obama made to Netanyahu, pointedly praising him for “relative restraint” in response to the attacks from Gaza. For the Israeli leader, who, despite his election promises to “destroy Hamas”, had in the past been very reluctant to use force, Obama’s caution was welcome, because it gives him some ammunition to fend off the demands for a proper retribution from within his own government. Nevertheless, when the inevitable will happen and one of the rockets will achieve its murderous purpose, Netanyahu won’t be able to hold back. In the end, just as it was with the UN resolution about the perfidy of the Jewish settlements, the administration will be forced by public opinion to back Israel in its defensive war against Hamas. In its efforts to avoid involvement and withhold judgment, America risks to only embolden Hamas further, making confrontation virtually inevitable.

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    (Al-Jihad {holy fighting} in Allah’s Cause (with full force of numbers and weaponry) is given the utmost importance in Islam and is one of the pillars (on which it stands). By Jihad Islam is established, Allah’s Word is made superior, (His Word being La ilaha illallah which means none has the right to be worshipped but Allah), and His Religion (Islam) is propagated. By abandoning Jihad (may Allah protect us from that) Islam is destroyed and the Muslims fall into an inferior position; their honour is lost, their lands are stolen, their rule and authority vanish. Jihad is an obligatory duty in Islam on every Muslim, and he who tries to escape from this duty, or does not in his innermost heart wish to fulfill this duty, dies with one of the qualities of a hypocrite.)

    Messenger of Allah
    & Defender of Islam

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    “…Jihad in Allah’s Cause…”

    (Let not the free disposal [and affluence] of the disbelievers throughout the land deceive.)

    (A brief enjoyment; then, their ultimate abode is Hell; and worst indeed is that place for rest.)

    ([O disbelievers] if you ask for a judgement, now has the judgement come to you; and if you cease [to do wrong], it will be better for you, and if you return [to the attack], so shall We return, and your forces will be of no avail to you, however numerous they be; and verily, Allah is with the believers.)

    (Whosesoever desires honour, [power and glory], then to Allah belong all honour, power and glory [and one can get honour, power and glory only by obeying and worshipping Allah [Alone]. To Him ascend [all] the goodly words, and the righteous deeds exalt it [i.e. the goodly words are not accepted by Allah unless and until they are followed by good deeds], but those who plot evils, theirs will be severe torment. And the plotting of such will perish.)

    (Then as for those who believed [in the Oneness of Allah – Islamic Monotheism] and did righteous good deeds, such shall be honoured and made to enjoy luxurious life [forever] in a Garden of Delight [Paradise].)

    (O you who believe! Take not My enemies and your enemies (i.e. disbelievers and polytheists) as friends, showing affection towards them, while they have disbelieved in what has come to you of the truth (i.e. Islamic Monotheism, this Qur’an, and Muhammad [PBUH]), and have driven out the Messenger (Muhammad [PBUH]) and yourselves (from your homeland) because you believe in Allah your Lord! If you have come forth to strive in My Cause and to seek My Good Pleasure, (then take not these disbelievers and polytheists as your friends). I am All-Aware of what you conceal and what you reveal. And whosoever of you
    (Muslims) does that, then indeed he has gone (far) astray from the Straight Path.)

    (O you who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians as Auliya [friends, protectors, helpers], they are but Auliya of each other. And if any amongst you takes them as Auliya, then surely he is one of them. Verily, Allah guides not those people who are the Zalimun (polytheists and wrong-doers and unjust).)

    (Have you (O Muhammad [PBUH]) not seen those (hypocrites) who take as friends a people upon whom is the Wrath of Allah (i.e. Jews)? They are neither of you (Muslims) nor of them (Jews), and they swear to a lie while they know.)

    (They have made their oaths a screen (for their evil actions). Thus they hinder (men) from the Path of Allah: so they shall have a humiliating torment.)

    (On the Day when Allah will resurrect them all together (for their account); then they will swear to Him as they swear to you (O Muslims). And they think that they have something (to stand upon). Verily, they are liars!)

    (Shaitan (Satan) has overpowered them. So he has made them forget the remembrance of Allah. They are the party of Shaitan (Satan). Verily, it is the party of Shaitan (Satan) that will be the losers!)

    (Allah has prepared for them a severe torment. Evil indeed is that which they used to do.)

    (Verily, the hypocrites will be in the lowest depth [grade] of the Fire; no helper will you find for them.)

    (And they will say: “Had we but listened or used our intelligence, we would not have been among the dwellers of the blazing Fire!”).

    (And indeed We have sent down to you manifest Ayat [these Verses of the Qur’an which inform in detail about the news of the Jews and their secret intentions, etc], and none disbelieve in them but Al Fasiqun [those who rebel against Allah’s Command]).

    (A warning to mankind–)

    (And verily, you will find them [the Jews] the greediest of mankind for life and [even greedier] than those who ascribe partners to Allah [and do not believe in Resurrection-Majus {Magians}, pagans and idolators]. Everyone of them wishes that he could be given a life of a thousand years. But the grant of such a life will not save him even a little from due punishment. And Allah is All-Seer of what they do.)

    (Is it not [the case] that every time they make a covenant, some party among them throw it aside? Nay [the truth is:] most of them believe not.)

    (And when it is said to them: “Make not mischief on the earth,” they say: “We are only peace-makers.”)

    (Verily, they are the ones who make mischief, but they perceive not.)

    (Know they (Jews) not that Allah knows what they conceal and what they reveal?)

    (They may hide their crimes from men, but they cannot hide them from Allah; for He is with them [by His Knowledge], when they plot by night in words that He does not approve. And Allah ever encompasses what they do.)

    (Then woe to those who write the Book with their own hands and then say, “This is from Allah, to purchase with it a little price! Woe to them for what their hands have written and woe to them for that they earn (thereby).)

    (And We have broken them [i.e. the Jews] up into various groups on the earth; some of them are righteous and some are away from that. And We tried them good [blessings] and evil calamities in order that they might turn to Allah’s Obedience.)

    (And We said to the Children of Israel after him: “Dwell in the land, then, when the final and the last promise comes near [i.e. the Day of Resurrection or the descent of Christ, Isa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary) on the earth, We shall bring you altogether as a mixed crowd (gathered out of various nations).

    (And remember when your Lord declared that He would certainly keep on sending against them [i.e. the Jews], till the Day of Resurrection, those who would afflict them with a humiliating torment. Verily, your Lord is Quick in Retribution [for the disobedient, wicked] and certainly He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful [for the obedient and those who beg Allah’s Forgiveness].)

    (They fight not against you even together, except in fortified townships, or from behind walls. Their enmity among themselves is very great. You would think they were united, but their hearts are divided. That is because they are a people who understand not.)

    (Fight against them so that Allah will punish them by your hands and disgrace them and give you victory over them and heal the breasts of a believing people.)

    ((If you do so) He will forgive you your sins, and admit you into Gardens under which rivers flow, and pleasant dwellings in Adn (Eden) Paradise; that is indeed the great success.)

    (If you march not forth, He will punish you with a painful torment and will replace you by another people; and you cannot harm Him at all, and Allah is Able to do all things.)

    (Jihad ((holy fighting in Allah’s Cause) is ordained for you (Muslims) though you dislike it, and it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you and that you like a thing which is bad for you. Allah knows but you do not know.)

    (And make ready against them all you can of power, including steeds of war [tanks, planes, missiles, artillery] to threaten thereby the enemy of Allah and your enemy, and others besides them whom you may not know, [but] whom Allah does know. And whatever you shall spend in the Cause of Allah shall be repaid to you, and you shall not be treated unjustly.)

    (So, when you meet (in fight—Jihad in Allah’s Cause) those who disbelieve, smite (their) necks till when you have killed and wounded many of them, then bind a bond firmly (on them, i.e. take them as captives). Thereafter (is the time) either for generosity (i.e. free them without ransom), or ransom (according to what benefits Islam), until the war lays down its burden. Thus (you are ordered by Allah to continue in carrying out Jihad against the disbelievers till they embrace Islam and are saved from the punishment in the Hell-fire or at least come under your protection), but if it had been Allah’s Will, He Himself could certainly have punished them (without you). But (He lets you fight) in order to test some of you with others. But those who are killed in the Way of Allah, He will never let their deeds be lost.)

    (Those who believe, fight in the Cause of Allah, and those who disbelieve, fight in the cause of Taghut (Satan). So fight you against the friends of Shaitan (Satan). Ever feeble indeed is the plot of Shaitan (Satan).)

    (There is no blame on those who are weak or ill or who find no resources to spend [in holy fighting {Jihad}], if they are sincere and true [in duty] to Allah and His Messenger. No ground [of complaint] can there be against the Muhsinun [good-doers]. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.)

    (Indeed, We have sent Our Messengers with clear proofs, and revealed them the Scripture and the Balance [justice] that mankind may keep up justice. And We brought forth iron wherein is mighty power [in the matters of war], as well as many benefits for mankind, that Allah may test who it is that will help Him [His religion] and His Messengers in the unseen. Verily, Allah is All-Strong, All-Mighty.)

    (It is not for a believer, man or woman, when Allah and His Messenger have decreed a matter they should have any option in their decision. And whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger, he has indeed strayed into a plain error.)

    (The dwelling of such [people] is Hell, and they will find no way of escape from it.)

    (And whosoever takes Allah, His Messenger, and those who have believed, as Protectors, then the party of Allah will be the victorious.)

    (Verily, We will indeed make victorious Our Messengers and those who believe [in the Oneness of Allah—Islamic Monotheism] in this world’s life and on the Day when the witnesses will stand forth, [i.e. Day of Resurrection]–)

    (And those who believe in Allah and His Messengers and make no distinction between any of them [Messengers], We shall give them their rewards; and Allah is Ever Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.)

    (Verily, those who disbelieve in Allah and His Messengers and wish to make distinction between Allah and His Messengers [by believing in Allah and disbelieving in His Messengers] saying, “We believe in some but reject others,” and wish to adopt a way in between.)

    (They are in truth disbelievers. And We have prepared for the disbelievers a humiliating torment.)

    ([This is the] Revelation sent down from the Lord of the Alamin [mankind, jinn and all that exists].)

    ([He is Allah] Owner of High Ranks and Degrees, the Owner of the Throne. He sends the revelation by His Command to any of His slaves He wills, that he (the person who receives revelation) may warn (men) of the Day of Mutual Meeting [i.e. the Day of Resurrection].

    (And We sent not a Messenger except with the language of his people, in order that he might make [the Message] clear for them. Then Allah misleads whom He wills and guides whom He wills. And He is the All-Mighty, the All-Wise.)

    (Your Ilah [God] is One Ilah [God-Allah, none has the right to be worshipped but He])

    (“And indeed, We created man from dried [sounding] clay of altered mud. And the jinn, We created aforetime from the smokeless flame of fire.”).

    (And I have created the jinn and men only to worship Me).

    (And whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it will never be accepted of him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers.”)

    (Then [in the end] We save Our Messengers and those who believe! Thus it is incumbent upon Us to save the believers.)

    Compiled by:

    Messenger of Allah
    & Defender of Islam

    27 March 2011